So you can’t sleep, eat or do anything normally because of that intense pain in your front teeth. Is it sudden or have you been feeling this for a long time? No matter what the answer is, be assured that it can be cured.
You are not alone, according to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, more than 90% of adults and children in the U.S feel what you are feeling now.
The best way to find a solution is to get to the root of the problem. So in this article, I am going to discuss some of the possible reasons for front teeth pain or teeth pain in general.
And, I repeat, be assured that it can be cured.
This is the most common cause of teeth pain all over the globe. It basically indicates enamel erosion and cavity formation.
There is a pesky film of bacteria called plaque stuck around our teeth. It absolutely loves it when you consume too much refined sugar and carbonated drinks. Plaque produces a certain type of acid which leads to the thinning of enamel.
If you don’t maintain good oral hygiene, this acid will remain stuck to your teeth and form cavity over time. Try using a medicated toothpaste along with a sonic toothbrush to help fighting cavity.
Also, do not skip flossing at any cost. If you hate thread flossing (who doesn’t?), get yourself a quality oral irrigator. It will make your life easier and teeth healthier.
Damage of the Pulp Tissue
Are you feeling a sharp, lingering pain in your front teeth after drinking a hot/cold beverage? This could be because of the inflammation of tooth pulp, the tissues at the center of your tooth. This condition is known as Pulpitis.
Tooth pulp/nerve is located right beneath the enamel and the dental layer and is one of the most important parts of your tooth. The possible causes could be a tooth injury or cavity. Pulpitis also sets the stage for dental abscess. More on abscess in the next point.
The most widely used treatment for severe Pulpitis is root canal. But don’t be scared right away. If the pain lasts for a day or two, try using a medicated desensitizing toothpaste, and brush gently using a soft bristle brush. If it still hurts, time to visit the dentist. Maybe the doctor will just remove the cavity using filling instead of opting for the root canal. Relax.
The general symptom of abscess is a throbbing pain in the teeth that lasts for days. It is a kind of infection that originates in the pulp chamber of your teeth and spreads to the tip of the tooth root. Then the pus tries to force itself out through the root.
Result? Pain and some more pain. When you have severe Pulpitis, your teeth already lose the strength to fight off this infection. Dental treatments such as filling very close to the pulp chamber, incorrect root canal, and crowning can also cause abscess. The other possible reason could be a blow or injury.
If you feel this could be the reason for your front teeth ache, immediately visit your dentist. The treatment will depend on how much the infection has spread out. Usually, oral antibiotics and a good infection clean-up can ease the pain.
Brushing aggressively, like you are fighting with the invaders of your country, can lead to massive damage. I know this for real because my mother suffered from severe toothache for the same reason.
According to Ira Handschuh, a dentist of the Dental Design Center in NYC, “ Doing this wears away at the actual tooth structure, as well as the recession of the gums that normally covers the root of the tooth,”.
This can lead to intense pain when you consume hot and cold food, like soup and ice cream. The dentist term for this condition is Gingival recession. 88% of adults in their late 60s suffer from this.
Brushing vigorously is not the only possible cause of this. Inflamed gums or Gingivitis, Periodontitis (loss of supporting bone and tissue around the tooth root) can also trigger this problem.
Apart from consulting a dentist, you should also start using a desensitizing toothpaste and go easy on teeth while brushing from now on.
Bruxism or Teeth Clenching
If you don’t see any signs of cavity or decay yet feel intense pain in your front teeth, the reason could be Bruxism. People often unknowingly clench or grind their teeth too hard, especially when asleep.
Sleep Bruxism is actually a type of sleep disorder like sleep apnea. In most cases, Bruxism is short-lasting and can be cured if you consciously avoid grinding your teeth. You can use mouth guards or mouth splits at night as well.
Practicing stress release techniques also help as we generally grind teeth a lot under stress and anxiety.
However, if it’s severe, it can lead to poor jawline alignment, headache, earache, enamel erosion, and even crooked teeth. Do you often hear a clicking sound when you open and close your mouth? That’s because of a disorder in the Temporomandibular Joints (TMJ dysfunction), a common after-effect of Bruxism.
Broken or Cracked Teeth
It doesn’t take long for a cracked tooth to lead to something more serious like cavity. Bruxism is a common dental cause of broken teeth. However, in most cases, non-dental reasons like an external injury, biting into a hard food can also break your teeth.
Front tooth crack is easier to notice and therefore, you can immediately start taking precautions. Eminent Massachusetts-based dentist Melissa Thompson says “If there is a crack, the tooth pain could be experienced when biting down, chewing, or even drinking something hot or cold,”.
Dental Treatment Gone Wrong
Thompson says “When teeth are drilled, you may experience sensitivity to cold for a couple of weeks, which is normal, but if there is sensitivity when you bite, especially on hard substances, an adjustment may be needed so that you are chewing more evenly,”.
Your dentist can adjust the bite, provide medication and apply a desensitizing paste on the affected area to alleviate the pain.
It could be due to an accident that may have occurred years ago. Intense trauma can cause jawline fracture, tooth fracture, and even tooth sensitivity.
If you are feeling a sharp pain in your front teeth while chewing or drinking hot and cold drinks, it is because nerve ends are now extremely sensitive to temperature. If the nerves are dying, you may also notice tooth discoloration. To avoid all such complexities, you should definitely see a dentist.
Sinus infection can worsen the condition if you already have tooth sensitivity. Sometimes, you may not have any tooth problem at all. It could just be common flu leading to sinus infection.
Now, since front teeth roots are located very close to the sinuses, you can feel a painful sensation in your teeth. If that’s the reason, you may consult a general physician instead of a dentist. Most of the times, taking decongestants and antibiotics can reduce the pain immediately.
I hope by now, you’ve stopped wondering “why does my front tooth hurt?”. Now it’s time you stop wondering and start fixing the problem. If it’s a mild pain, improving your oral hygiene can alleviate the problem.
However, you should consult a dentist when the pain is uncontrollable. And also, never skip dental appointment follow-ups. It’s vital to get your teeth thoroughly examined in every 6 months.
After all, I’m sure your smile brightens up someone’s day, so you should do your best to keep your teeth pain-free. Have healthy teeth and keep smiling!